9 Section 1 summary
Congratulations on reaching the end of this first section. You’ve learned a lot about the evolving nature of devolution in Wales, notably:
In its first two decades of operation, devolution in Wales went through five phases as set out by David Torrance, from administrative devolution in 1999 to legislative devolution with a reserved powers model in 2018.
Following a failed referendum on devolution to Wales in 1979, a second vote pushed forward by the New Labour government succeeded.
This process proved challenging as politicians in London and Cardiff often disagreed on the best way forward.
The initial devolution settlement was not particularly effective and there were multiple reviews and several pieces of legislation to improve it.
By 2016, the settlement was more stable and the National Assembly for Wales was renamed the Welsh Parliament in 2020.
You can now move on to Section 2.